Exercise in silence
Torshavn gymnasium in the Faroe Islands is a major addition to the existing municipal stadium. Its design by BBP Architects is very simple but also very flexible and transparent.
Gyms are often cold, echoing and not particularly welcoming places. However, for this project, careful consideration has been given to the function and performance of the room.Instead of being cheerless, it positively encourages activities and social interaction with its warm colours, transparency, tactile materials and comfortable acoustics.
To help achieve this, the architects opted to use Troldtekt acoustic panels to create a warm and friendly environment. Apart from the ceilings, they are also used on the walls, such as in the main room where a single row of panels have been spray-painted in situ. Lise Sehedsted, architect and partner at BBP also expresses her enthusiasm for the integrated Troldtekt lighting, such as in the gym which is fitted with transversal armatures while round ones have been used in the corridor and other areas.
Troldtekt acoustic panels are made from 100% natural wood fibres mixed with cement. Their benefits include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. The panels are widely specified throughout Europe and in the UK to improve acoustics in many potentially noisy environments, such as schools, swimming pools, sports halls, industrial environments and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, the panels can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour and can be supplied complete with accessories including speakers, lighting and decoration as needed Their sustainability was recently recognised with certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept
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